It's not only the 170 yd PW; it's MOST of the posts here. I can't count the number of people claiming 150+ yd PW, 200 yd 6i, 220 yd 5i, 300+ yd drives, etc......and these are their averages? What in the hell are these guys hitting from 100 yds in? Oh, that's right.........they just drive those greens instead of messing with those pesky 50-100 yd shots.
Put another way; so all these guys are really hitting it further than most of the Pros yet are mostly 12+ handicaps? Really?
I guess the issue is if these folks actually hit that far.
On my neighborhood golf course, I have seen and also talked to many golfers with 5 to 15 type handicaps who hit really far.
There are just so many people in So. Cal. that hit it really far.
Now, I grant you, there might be some folks who exaggerate the distances, but I see enough people who can hit to believe at least some of the posts.
Plus the pro at the neighborhood course hits 334 yards (I have not verified this number), but a clubfitter that goes there probably had the trackman out there to verify.
So, you are probably correct in doubting many of the numbers, especially when they don't make a lot of sense, but there are plenty of people who really hit far and don't score that well.
Remember, Mike Austin had a lousy handicap for a pro, but hit extremely far.